California killer given additional death sentence

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LA Serial Killer Convicted Of More Deaths

By BRIAN MELLEY

LOS ANGELES (AP) - One of the most prolific killers in Los Angeles history was given additional death sentences Friday for four killings linked to him through DNA testing while he was on death row.

Chester D. Turner was convicted of murdering a total of 14 women between 1987 and 1998, when the city was in the grips of a crack cocaine epidemic.

The killings were once thought to be the work of a man dubbed the "Southside Slayer." Turner, however, is believed to be one of at least three men now blamed for some of the more than 100 killings of women during that era.

Turner, 47, was stoic and stared at Judge Robert Perry as he handed down the four additional death sentences. As the hulking Turner was led from court, he cursed at the prosecution and said, "I'll be back."

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Serial killer Chester Turner stands up in court in Los Angeles Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in Los Angeles. Turner, one of the most prolific killers in Los Angeles history was given an additional death sentence Friday. Turner, who was already on death row for murdering 10 women, was sentenced for four more murders.(AP Photo/ Nick Ut )
Serial killer Chester Turner sits in court in Los Angeles Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in Los Angeles. Turner, one of the most prolific killers in Los Angeles history was given an additional death sentence Friday. Turner, who was already on death row for murdering 10 women, was sentenced for four more murders.(AP Photo/ Nick Ut )
Serial killer Chester Turner sits in court in Los Angeles Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in Los Angeles. Turner, one of the most prolific killers in Los Angeles history was given an additional death sentence Friday. Turner, who was already on death row for murdering 10 women, was sentenced for four more murders.(AP Photo/ Nick Ut)
Serial killer Chester Turner sits in court Friday Aug. 1, 2014 in Los Angeles. Turner one of the most prolific killers in Los Angeles history was given an additional death sentence Friday. Turner, who was already on death row for murdering 10 women, was sentenced for four more murders. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut )
Los Angeles, UNITED STATES: Los Angeles County Sheriff deputies escort Chester D. Turner out of court after he was sentenced to death for murdering 10 women and a fetus in Los Angeles between 1987 and 1998, at the Criminal Courts building in Los Angeles 10 July 2007. AFP PHOTO/Genaro MOLINA/Pool (Photo credit should read Genaro Molina/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JULY 10: Chester D. Turner, a convicted rapist found guilty of murder, listens to the judge sentence him to death in Department 101 in the Criminal Courts building on July 10, 2007 in downtown Los Angeles, California. Turner, 40, was convicted April 30 of the murders of 11 people over more than a decade. Police say Turner raped, strangled and murdered his victims, mostly street prostitutes in the 1980s and 1990s. (Photo by Genaro Molina-Pool/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JULY 10: Elgedine Rudolph cries while making her statement directed at convicted rapist and murderer Chester D. Turner during sentencing proceedings in Department 101 in the Criminal Courts building on July 10, 2007 in downtown Los Angeles, California. Rudolph's sister, Regina Washington, was one of Turner's victims. Turner, 40, was convicted April 30 of the murders of 11 people over more than a decade. Police say Turner raped, strangled and murdered his victims, mostly street prostitutes in the 1980s and 1990s. (Photo by Genaro Molina-Pool/Getty Images)
Los Angeles, UNITED STATES: Chester D. Turner, a convicted rapist found guilty of murdering 10 women and a fetus in Los Angeles between 1987 and 1998, listens to the judge sentence him to death at the Criminal Courts building in Los Angeles 10 July 2007. AFP PHOTO/Genaro MOLINA/Pool (Photo credit should read Genaro Molina/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JULY 10: Chester D. Turner, a convicted rapist found guilty of murder, listens to the judge sentence him to death in Department 101 in the Criminal Courts building on July 10, 2007 in downtown Los Angeles, California. Turner, 40, was convicted April 30 of the murders of 11 people over more than a decade. Police say Turner raped, strangled and murdered his victims, mostly street prostitutes in the 1980s and 1990s. (Photo by Genaro Molina-Pool/Getty Images)
Defendant Chester D. Turner listens as his attorney John Tyre, left, gestures during opening statements in Turner's murder trial Tuesday, April 3, 2007, in Los Angeles. Turner, a former pizza delivery man, is accused of being one of the city's most prolific serial killers, for the slayings of 10 women and an unborn fetus. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
FILE - This Nov. 1, 2005 file photo shows Chester D. Turner listening during a preliminary hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court in Los Angeles. Turner who was sentenced to death in 2007 for murdering 10 women in Los Angeles County in just over a decade was charged Tuesday Feb. 1, 2011 with strangling four other women in South Los Angeles in the 1980s and 1990s. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
Convicted rapist Chester D. Turner, right, confers with his attorney John Tyre during a preliminary hearing Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005, in a Los Angeles Superior courtroom in downtown Los Angeles. Prosecutors planned to present DNA evidence to persuade a judge to order Turner to stand trial on charges of murdering 10 women in a south Los Angeles area known for drugs, violence and prostitution. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Convicted rapist Chester D. Turner enters a Los Angeles Superior courtroom for a preliminary hearing, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005, in downtown Los Angeles. Prosecutors planned to present DNA evidence to persuade a judge to order Turner to stand trial on charges of murdering 10 women in a South Los Angeles area known for drugs, violence and prostitution. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Convicted rapist Chester D. Turner listens during a preliminary hearing Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005, at the Los Angeles Superior Court in downtown Los Angeles. Prosecutors planned to present DNA evidence to persuade a judge to order Turner to stand trial on charges of murdering 10 women in a South Los Angeles area known for drugs, violence and prostitution. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Chester D. Turner looks on during his preliminary hearing Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005, in Los Angeles Superior Court. Turner, 38, accused of being one of the city's most prolific serial killers, was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on charges of murdering 10 women, two of whom were pregnant, after an expert testified that the defendant's DNA was found on each of the victims. (AP Photo/Brian Vander Brug, Pool)
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Family members of the victims were jubilant, joking and celebrating as they rode the courthouse elevator after the brief hearing.

"It's judgment day," said Gwendolyn Cameron, whose sister Cynthia Johnson was a victim in the most recent case. "He got what he had coming. The sooner they execute him, the better we'll all be. He's a menace to society."

Turner was serving time for rape when genetic evidence connected him to 10 killings in South Los Angeles. The victims had all been raped and strangled. Their bodies were dumped in alleys, an abandoned garage and a portable toilet.

Some were prostitutes, some were crack users and some were just snatched off the streets.

Turner was previously convicted and sentenced to death in those cases, and given an additional term of 15 years-to-life for killing a victim's fetus.

Evidence emerged later that also linked him to the killings of Elandra Bunn, 33, in June 1987; Deborah Williams, 28, in November 1992; Mary Edwards, 42, in December 1992; and Cynthia Annette Johnson, 30, in February 1997. All were choked to death.

Another man, David Allen Jones, served 11 years for three of those killings.

Jones, a janitor with the mental capacity of an 8-year-old, was freed after the DNA evidence pointed to Turner and prosecutors determined Jones' confessions were coerced by police.

Defense lawyers acknowledged that Turner had sex with women in exchange for drugs, but they argued he wasn't a killer.

"He denies to this day that he killed anybody," defense lawyer Kieran Patrick Brown said.

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